UK 14-Year-Old a Star in Japan

YouTube sensation Beckii Cruel, 14, releases debut album
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2010 6:48 AM CST

(Newser) – Dressing in costumes, dancing around her bedroom to Japanese pop songs, and posting the videos on YouTube has made 14-year-old Rebecca Flint a bona fide star in Japan. The British teen, known online as Beckii Cruel, imitates the dancing style and looks of an anime character; in Japan she's performed live before crowds of thousands, appeared on talk shows, and filmed commercials, the BBC reports.

Beckii Cruel is currently in Japan promoting her new album, which was released yesterday and is expected to top the Japanese charts. She said she's learning Japanese so she can better talk to her fans.

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